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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Co Durham & Teesside

Heritage sites also including Battlefield sites, Historic Landmarks & Roman Forts in Co Durham & Teesside...

Co Durham & Teesside Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

blank tabWITTON CASTLECastles & Historic Monuments
Witton-le-Wear, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, DL14 0DE

14th Century castle set in unspoilt countryside in the heart of County Durham. The summer months are full of activity at Witton Castle. The events themselves are varied, but all include one important ingredient...FUN! All are open to the general public and single day-passed are usually available. As well as providing access to stunning local countryside walks, Witton Castle is within easy travelling distance to Durham Cathedral and Beamish Museum.
Tel: 01388 488230    Fax: 01388 488008
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blank tabTOWN HALLCastles & Historic Monuments
Market Place, Durham City
Smoking Facilities

The Town Hall was built in 1850 and features superb stained glass windows, paintings, heraldic symbols and a magnificent fireplace of local stone. Also the guildhall, first built in 1356. Guided tours by appointment only.
Tel: 0191 301 8223
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Raby Castle and the Rising of the North

Raby Castle - Photo © John Nicholson
Raby Castle -
Photo: John Nicholson CCL


Set in a 200 acre deer park, some eighteen miles south west of Durham, Raby Castle is widely regarded as one of the grandest of its kind, having some of the most outstanding examples of medieval, Regency and Victorian architecture and interiors in the whole of England. More...

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Durham Castle

Durham City
Tel: 0191 334 3800     E-mail:

Photo: Judges Postcards


Dating from 1072, one of the largest Norman castles and one of the grandest Romanesque palaces to survive in England.

The castle was the seat of the Prince Bishops until 1832.

Together with the cathedral, the castle is a World Heritage Site.

It now houses University College, foundation college of Durham University, and is a conference, banqueting and holiday centre in vacations.

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Piercebridge Roman Fort (Morbium)

Piercebridge near Darlington     Tel: 01325 463795

Photo: Derwentside District Council


Visible Roman remains include the East Gate and defences, courtyard building and part of internal road. Also remains of the bridge which carried Dere Street over the Tees.

The oldest surviving single-span railway bridge in the world (built 1725-26) stands 80 feet above a wooded gorge.

It is the main feature of a picnic area and woodland walk with displays explaining the early waggonways and a replica of an 18th century coal waggon.

The Tanfield Railway runs between Sunniside, Causey Arch and East Tanfield. Open at all times.

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Barnard Castle

County Durham
Tel: 01833 638212     E-mail:

An imposing Norman stronghold. Extensive ruins standing on a cliff above the River Tees.

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Binchester Roman Fort (Vinovia)

near Bishop Auckland     Tel: 01388 663089

Binchester offers the remains of a commanding officer's house, with the vest preserved military bath house in Britain, and a fascinating stretch of Dere Street. It is the only Roman Fort in the region which is readily accessible to wheelchairs.

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Bowes Castle

Tel: 0191 269 1200     E-mail:

Massive 12th century stone keep overlooking the valley of the River Greta. Built on the site of a Roman fort guarding the approach to Stainmore Pass.

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